You Could Be Jailed for Doing the #InMyFeelingsChallenge in Egypt
A crackdown is also taking place in the United Arab Emirates
Published Jul 25, 2018Drake is enjoying his time at the centre of yet another cultural event with the #InMyFeelingsChallenge, a dance craze that people (and animals) are partaking in around the globe. However, if you're looking to bust those moves in Egypt, you could end up behind bars.
According to Egyptian newspaper Ahram Online [via Bloomberg], the country's officials are taking exception to a variation of the challenge that involves the dancer stepping out of a moving vehicle to demonstrate their fancy footwork.
The publication reports that a spokesperson for Egypt's Interior Ministry noted that obstructing traffic when doing the dance could draw fines up to 3,000 Egyptian pounds (around $218 CAD), in addition to a year in prison.
Should the incident cause death or damages to vehicles, the dancer would be referred to Public Prosecution and charged with a felony. Those who also break the aforementioned traffic obstruction law twice in a calendar year could face an increased sentence.
Bloomberg also notes that officials in Abu Dhabi have taken a similar stance, having ordered arrests for a trio of social media influencers for posting videos of themselves doing the challenge earlier this week.
The warrants were issued for "endangering the lives of others and offending public morals by using social media to promote practices that are incompatible with the UAE's values and traditions," a statement from Abu Dhabi's public prosecution said.
The #InMyFeelingsChallenge was kicked off by American comedian Shiggy, and has been done by the likes of Will Smith, Steve Aoki, Millie Bobby Brown, Leslie Jones, Ciara and many more.
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